Why have an allotment?
Allotments are a great way of producing homegrown, healthy fruit and vegetables at low cost. As well as this, they are:
- Good for the environment
- A great way of keeping fit and enjoying the fresh air
- A really sociable place so are great for meeting new people and making friends
- A place to unwind, relax and take time out from a hectic life style
- A brilliant family activity – or suit those who want a hobby of their own!
Frequently asked questions
A typical plot on one of our sites will be either 5 or 10 rods. A 5 rod plot is approximately equal to 126.5 square metres or 151.3 square yards. This usually means that a plot will be 5m wide by 25m long.
The current cost of an allotment is £9.20 per rod/per 25.3 square metres, per annum. Accordingly, the cost of a 5 rod plot for 2022 is £46.00 for the year. A 10 rod plot is £92.00. Allotment bills are automatically sent out in January. Payments can be made in a variety of ways – online via our website, or at our Information Centre (Fish Row) by cash, cheque, or card. Alternatively, please send a cheque in the post quoting your invoice number. If you require a receipt, please also send an SAE. We do not recommend that you send cash in the post.
When we first set you up with your plot, there is a charge of £12 (including VAT) to cover the cost of cutting a new key to the site.
Each of our sites has its own water supply and a dedicated Warden to assist tenants. Our sites also have security fencing and lockable gates to prevent unauthorised access; tenants are provided with keys to access their site.
If you fail to cultivate your plot, keeping it tidy and weed free, you will be served a Notice to Quit. This gives you fair time to sort out any issues. However if the plot continues to be poorly cultivated, it will be repossessed. If you discover you are having difficulty with the workload please contact us.
Special provision has been made for disabled gardeners at the Fisherton Farm allotment site. Please contact us for more details.
We are happy for you to grow whatever you want on your allotment within reason and within the law! We would just ask that you give consideration to your neighbouring tenants when deciding what to plant. Tenants can also apply separately to keep animals such as chickens after a period of six months.
Bonfires are permitted for burning garden waste only. Currently Tenants are permitted to have bonfires, weather permitting, on Wednesdays and on Saturday mornings. Fires must be attended to at all times with due care and regard to neighbours.
. Some of our sites are more popular than others so the waiting lists on these may move more slowly than others. We can advise you on how long you would expect to wait when you get in touch.
Simply call us on 01722 342860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll need to take some contact details from you but we can put you on our waiting lists immediately. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications from people who reside outside the City (Parish) boundary at the present time.
There are currently over 650 plots across 12 different sites around the City.
Please use the map below to view the locations of our allotments.
What to think about before taking on an allotment
Taking on a plot can be rewarding but it’s challenging, tiring and fun.
Growing your own food can be rewarding in lots of ways. In addition, you can be confident that your food hasn’t chalked up any air miles. An allotment will keep you fit – for a lot less money than joining a gym – good for both your physical and mental health.
Challenge 1 – Clearing your Plot
You will need to be prepared to put in some hard work to get the site into a good condition for planting.
Challenge 2 – Keeping Those Weeds at Bay
You are required to keep your plot tidy and weed free and you will need to decide how to manage your weeds.
Challenge 3 – Time Management!
Allotments need regular visits. It is recommended to visit at least twice a week to keep on top of the weeding.
Challenge 4 – Tools and Equipment
You will need a certain amount of tools to tend your plot but the basics don’t need to cost a fortune. We strongly advise that you don’t keep tools or anything of value on your plot.
Challenge 5 – How Do I choose what to plant? And where to plant it? And all the rest??
Deciding what to plant and where to plant it can be daunting. There are many books about allotments on the market so you should be able to find one to suit you. Don’t be shy to ask your neighbouring tenants for their advice. Many of them are happy to pass on a tip or two.
Allotment Tenant Agreement
To view the Allotment Agreement made on January 2023, which also outlines the tenant’s terms and conditions, click the link below.
Allotments & Gardens Association Membership Form
To apply for a membership of the Association, download and complete the form below. Membership of the Association is available to allotment holders and gardeners in the Salisbury and surrounding areas.